An update has emerged on Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule, regarding a potential move to Newcastle United.
Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk has made two major claims on the defender, stating that the Magpies have already held talks with his representatives and that he is interested in a transfer to the Premier League side.
He wrote: “There were talks between NUFC and the Management of Niklas Süle (FC Bayern) three weeks ago. The defender is interested in the project of Newcastle.”
Would Sule be a good signing?
Newcastle fans will surely be left buzzing by this major update for two reasons. Firstly, PIF holding talks with Sule’s agent three weeks ago means that they are serious about a deal for the defender and are prepared to be proactive in pursuing a move.
He is out of contract at the end of the season, which means that Newcastle could agree a pre-contract with him in the January window. Although, they could attempt to snap him up on a cut-price deal in the winter market, allowing them to bolster their squad for the second half of the season whilst also compensating Bayern for their loss.
Bayern boss Julian Naglesmann refused to rule out the possibility of Sule leaving on a free transfer when questioned on the topic last month. He told Sport1:
“[A new deal] depends on his development, and also on the market situation whether he wants to extend the contract or not. Niki still has to develop something with his potential, and then he is a very good central defender.”
The supporters could also be buzzing by the German international being interested in the project. It suggests that he would be open to a move to St. James’ Park, which makes the transfer somewhat realistic as he could accept an offer from the club should one materialise in January.
Sule has averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 7.03 in ten Bundesliga appearances for Bayern this season and is a proven figure in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Last term, he averaged a score of 6.97 in 20 league matches, showing that he is capable of consistently performing to a high standard in the German top-flight. This is backed up by his career average rating of 6.95 across 249 appearances for club and country.
At the age of 26, he still has room to develop further and Newcastle fans should be buzzing to see an experienced, quality, central defender come in to bolster the squad. The update from Falk suggests that the Magpies have a chance of landing him, but PIF must ensure that they can get a deal over the line.